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With rising awareness about the side effects of modern medicines, more and more people are looking for alternative remedies that can cure the body from within, without any adverse impact on the health. No wonder the masses are now turning to Ayurveda to seek simple solutions for their everyday health problems.
Triphala, native to the Indian subcontinent, is a traditional Ayurvedic herbal formulation which consists of three fruits: Bibhitaki, Amalaki, and Haritaki in equal measure. It has been used for thousands of years in Ayurveda and serves a number of health benefits.
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Benefits of Triphala
1. Acts as an internal cleanser
Triphala available in markets as Triphala churna is a highly effective cleaner for the digestive system. Efficient in gently clearing away trapped waste products and toxic compounds in the stomach, the three dried fruits (that together constitute Triphala) are known to have incredible body cleansing and rejuvenating properties. They eliminate toxins that build up in the body which further leads to increased metabolism and reduced body weight.
2. Treats gastrointestinal disorders
Triphala is rich source of manganese, calcium, Vitamin A, iron and various other vitamins and minerals that are essential for improving the overall health of the body. Helping boost the metabolism by stimulating the intestines and making all physical processes work in an optimal manner, Triphala is known to rejuvenate the digestive tract, thus treating gastrointestinal disorders. It also lowers the amount of water that is present in the tissues of the body and reduces body weight. This helps burn stored up fat deposits and lead to a toned appearance.
3. Curbs weight gain
Recent studies have also shown that Triphala is an effective remedy in tackling weight gain. The Center of Biomedical Research has conducted studies to show that Triphala contains active molecules which can bind to CCK (Cholecystokinin), which is a cell receptor and reduce fat build-up in the body. CCK is a type of hormone saturation, which is responsible for weight gain.
4. Aids digestion
Triphala aids the body’s regulatory system to function properly. Amlaki and Bibhitaki regulate blood cholesterol, promote healthy plasma, muscle and bone and retain the fluids in the body at a normal level. Haritaki maintains the health of the pancreas and increases bone density.
How is Triphala Consumed?
Triphala comes in herbal powder form called Triphala Churna that can be consumed in different ways.
1. With hot water
Add a tea spoon of Triphala churna in a cup of boiling hot water, stir and let it sit for twenty minutes. Drink it straight down without sipping it. It should be taken before you go to bed.
2. With cold water
Add two tablespoons of Triphala churna in a glass of cold water and let it soak overnight. Drink the mixture first thing in the morning.
3. Triphala Tea
Add a tablespoon of Triphala churna in a cup of hot water with honey for taste. Add a dash of lemon, stir the mixture properly and drink. You can drink Triphala tea both in the morning and before you go to sleep.
A study by Christine Tara Peterson (PhD, Department of Family Medicine and Public Health, La Jolla, CA), Kate Denniston, (BS, Department of Naturopathic Medicine, Bastyr University, San Diego, CA), and Deepak Chopra (MD, Chopra Foundation, Department of Ayurveda and Yoga Research, Carlsbad, CA) named Therapeutic Uses of Triphala in Ayurvedic Medicine states that ‘Triphala may promote proper digestion and absorption of food, reduce serum cholesterol levels, improve circulation, relax bile ducts, prevent immunosenescence (gradual deterioration of the immune system with age), maintain homeostasis of the endocrine system, and increase production of red blood cells and hemoglobin.’
- It is always good to start the consumption of Triphala in a small dosage and increase the proportion only if it suits one.
- Do not exceed the consumption of Triphala Churana over 3-5 grams in a day.
- Consult your doctor before adding Triphala to your daily diet intake.
Triphala works wonders when it comes to weight loss. But the change is a long drawn process.